Please Help us Raise our Elevator!

elevator progress copy As most of our regular library users know, the library currently faces an urgent challenge that affects its ability to serve the people of Mount Clemens effectively. Our elevator – now nearly half a century old –  has been placed permanently out of service due to mechanical failure, causing an extreme hardship for the many senior and disabled citizens who use our free public meeting space on a weekly basis.

Mount Clemens Public Library has a long history of sound fiscal management and continues to earn high marks from its auditors. However, the economic downturn since 2008 has seriously impacted the revenue the library receives from its millage levy. The library has lost over two million dollars due to declining property tax revenues during this period. We have maintained library services during this crisis by cutting hours, reducing staff levels, implementing a wage freeze (now in its 5th year) and economizing on spending in all areas. While these steps have kept us on a sound financial footing, they have not allowed the library to set aside funds for the type of capital expenditure we now face.

The trustees and administration of Mount Clemens Public Library realize that as our community struggles to regain its financial footing, now is not the time to ask the taxpayers to approve an additional tax millage or bond issue to address the library’s building problems. Rather, we are asking our citizens to step up and make an investment in the future of Mount Clemens with a one-time gift to the library to help us raise $60,000 to modernize our elevator so that our building is once again fully accessible to citizens of all physical abilities.

If you are able, please consider a gift to Mount Clemens Public Library to raise our elevator. All contributions, large and small, will move us toward the goal. With your help, we hope to have a modern, working elevator in place by the end of the summer.

New Local History Video Series

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Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb Cable Network (MCN) are pleased to announce a collaborative project to present local history in a series of one-minute video features.  This new series is titled A Minute of Your Time, and as promised, will deliver local history stories in a video format of about a minute in length.

Using material gathered from the library’s local history collections, MCN’s award-winning staff and students are producing the segments for broadcast on area local access cable channels.  A Minute of Your Time features are also available any time through MCN’s Bath City Beat YouTube channel.

To view the YouTube playlist of currently available episodes of A Minute of Your Time, click here.  Remember to check back often, because additional episodes are in production and new videos will continue to appear.  As Mount Clemens and Macomb County look ahead to the 200th anniversary of their founding in 2018, A Minute of Your Time is a great way for local residents to connect with their community’s history. Check it out today!

Meet Our Genealogy Geniuses!

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to dig into your genealogy, you’ll want to make Mount Clemens Public Library your first stop.

In addition to a genealogy collection that includes thousands of books, microfilms, photographs, documents and database entries, the library’s most valuable resource for researchers is our own “Genealogy Genius Bar!” Experienced researchers volunteer their time to assist our library visitors in the local history and genealogy room, and they have a wealth of knowledge and information to share. All have years of experience in conducting their own family history research, but some have also presented programs, written articles, or worked on indexing and database development projects. Our genealogy geniuses are ready and willing to help you get your genealogy project off the ground.

Our volunteers are normally available to help you Monday through Friday mornings, as well as on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. For the most current schedule, it is best to call the library reference desk at 586-469-6200, especially if you are visiting us from out of the immediate area.

The Macomb County Genealogy Group offers many ongoing programs to help researchers, including regular meetings every other Friday at 1 p.m., and on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. MCGG also maintains a blog with program schedules and lots of helpful articles written by one of our genealogy geniuses. Check out the blog by clicking here.

Holiday Help From Your Public Library

Transparent_Christmas_Pine_Garland_with_Gold_Bells_ClipartDon’t forget to put the library on your holiday “to do” list, because we have lots of helpful information and services to make your celebrations special.

If you’re looking for that perfect recipe, decorating idea or party theme, we have many resources from which to choose.  Here is just a small sampling:

And if you’re struggling with a seating chart that will keep troublesome family members from disturbing the peace, try this book:

Once you have the menu and decorations set, you’ll need some great music, and the library can help with that, too.  Just log in to our Freegal download site with your library card and PIN number, and search for your favorite music to download to your personal device.  The files are yours to keep forever, and there is plenty of holiday music to choose from.

If you’re looking for something to entertain the children, you’ll find many of the classic holiday stories in our DVD collection, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jingle All the Way, and many, many more.

Stop in and let your public library help make your holidays bright!

 

Library Construction Project Begins September 21

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Beginning on Monday, September 21, contractors will begin demolition and replacement of some crumbling concrete panels near the main entrances of the library.  As our library building is now nearly half a century old, major maintenance issues such as these arise with ever-increasing frequency.  The decay of these concrete panels is both an aesthetic and public safety problem and must be properly addressed.

At various times during the construction process, one of the two main entrances to the library will be closed, but the library will remain open for normal service hours. Please be aware that you may be required to use a different entrance to the library while this work is in progress. We ask that you observe the warning and directional signs that will be posted for your safety.

Depending upon weather conditions, the project is expected to be completed in about two weeks. We appreciate your patience and your cooperation.

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